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Old 11-20-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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I was excited to hear about the approval of Winston Salem's streetcar proposal earlier this year, but the fact that the route extends only a few miles is underwhelming, and almost doesn't seem worth the cost. It seems like it would be just another glamorous toy used by an inclusive Innovation Quarter circle and not necessarily practical for the general public. At the very least I hope the project becomes a springboard for further public transportation discussion and improvements, one of which could perhaps be a rail network connecting all major points of the Triad. Big ideas, I know. I suppose for now a few miles of streetcar service is all we can manage.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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I was excited to hear about the approval of Winston Salem's streetcar proposal earlier this year, but the fact that the route extends only a few miles is underwhelming, and almost doesn't seem worth the cost. It seems like it would be just another glamorous toy used by an inclusive Innovation Quarter circle and not necessarily practical for the general public. At the very least I hope the project becomes a springboard for further public transportation discussion and improvements, one of which could perhaps be a rail network connecting all major points of the Triad. Big ideas, I know. I suppose for now a few miles of streetcar service is all we can manage.
The street car proposal serves exactly that purpose you mentioned above. Like you said, fingers are crossed that it will motivate further expansion in the future. The street car does seem to go through the dense areas of Winston, as well as the anticipated high ridership areas. Wake forest baptist, the ballpark, 4th street, the convention center, transportation center, IQ district, Salem college, and WSSU are some places the streetcar will hit. Im not too sure about the possible future expansion, but according to the map, it will hit the next two schools in Winston-Salem.

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Old 11-20-2014, 06:34 PM
 
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Work is progressing at Hanestowne Village on Stratford Road, the site of the old Hanes plant. Stores will include a Walmart grocery (just what we need...yet another grocery store!), Fleet Feet Sports, L.A. Fitness, and a bank branch, among others.


Worse than that, it has Wal-Mart on the sign.
BTW, look for the lottery to be coming to the Wal Mart neighborhood stores.

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Old 11-21-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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A bit on the smaller scale, but I heard recently that the officials that had proposed the idea were given clearance to move forward with the construction of a Walmart Super-Center in King. Not very exciting on a broad scale, but its rather huge news for King locals, especially since it has been such a controversial subject with them since day one. King is slowly turning into a more Clemmons-type of city IMO, and getting away from its small town feel that it's carried for years. Numerous housing developments, 3-4 new restaurants, an entirely new plaza with a new grocery store, a new elementary school, a Sheetz, and a new child care center have all opened their doors in King within the last five-ish years, though, so I wouldn't be surprised. The old plans, according to a King official I spoke to 2-3 years back, called for a Jersey Mikes, Chik-Fil-A, Cookout, Wal-Mart, and possibly a Lowes Hardware to be opened within the next 5-7 years, but there were some hurdles to get over first, obviously. I guess we'll see what happens!
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:13 PM
 
Location: North Greensboro
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New Drury Inn & Suites to have 150 rooms, 6 stories in Burlington at the alamance crossing shopping center,
Drury Development Corp. plans 6-story Drury Inn & Suites in Burlington - Greensboro - Triad Business Journal

Seems Burlington is moving up. in a spur of economic development.

And from Greensboro.

Greensboro developer Andy Zimmerman has purchased 109/111 W. Lewis St. in downtown for $250,000 and is planning a Multimillion dollar renovation there (mixed use)

I am loving all these mixed used developments, I honestly think that is the direction all smaller and midsize cities should move in to make it to the next level, You always have to start somewhere, And that first hump after establishing a vibrant downtown is to get people downtown. Which Downtown Greensboro is doing an incredible job of doing.

Here is the building in question.

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Old 11-23-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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Speaking of Wal-Mart, isn't there one being built in Quaker Village of Greensboro? The area has a lot of potential for revitilization but building a Wally World seems like moving a few too many steps backwards.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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They should have like deep roots two or put an earth fair there, heck, lowes food has step their game up with the stores they renovated, they could have put one there before a walmart grocery store.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:03 PM
 
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Speaking of Wal-Mart, isn't there one being built in Quaker Village of Greensboro? The area has a lot of potential for revitilization but building a Wally World seems like moving a few too many steps backwards.
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They should have like deep roots two or put an earth fair there, heck, lowes food has step their game up with the stores they renovated, they could have put one there before a walmart grocery store.
A Wal Mart grocery store is being built at Quaker Village. I don't understand why Trader Joe's didn't choose that location. If TJs has such a great following QV would have been an ideal location and a better fit than Wal Mart IMO.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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There's actually one of the newly renovated Lowes stores literally next door to the lot where the King Wal-Mart is going. Gonna be interesting to see how that works out, seeing as there's also two Food Lions in town and soon to be two other Wal-Marts on University Pkwy 6-7 mins down the road once the new Neighborhood Market opens its doors.

On a broader aspect, I drove down Stratford on Saturday. Construction is coming right along over there! (This was my first time seeing it) Excited to see how the LA Fitness shapes up!
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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Clemmons is also in the process of opening a new Walmart grocery store. With a Food Lion half a mile away, a Lowes also less than a mile away, and Harris Teeter less than 2 miles away, I'm also curious to see how this will work out. Clemmons doesn't have the population to support 4 grocery stores all grouped together. There is also another Food Lion on the other side of Clemmons, 4 miles down the road but I doubt that one will be affected since there is not as much competition.
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